Worker Killed in Trench Collapse at New York Work Site

by | May 6, 2021 | Construction Accident, Wrongful Death

A worker was killed when a trench collapsed at a Mamaroneck, New York work site on May 3, 2021. It is unclear what led to the collapse of the trench.  Emergency rescuers were initially called to the site to assist with rescuing the worker, but he left his life before a rescue could happen.

Tragically, there have been a number of recent deaths on construction projects.  A worker was killed when a trench collapsed at a Johnstown, Colorado work site on April 16, 2021.  AA worker was killed in an accident at a Murfreesboro, TN job site on March 11, 2021.  A worker was killed in an accident at a Houston, Texas job site on March 3, 2021. Two workers were killed in an incident at Boston worksite on February 24, 2021 when a company truck struck them.  A construction worker was crushed to death by a forklift  on February 20, 2021.  A worker has tragically lost his life at a San Antonio, TX construction site on February 1, 2021.  Three workers were injured following a partial roof collapse at a Southern Pines, N.C. construction site on January 28, 2021.

Construction projects often pose dangerous risks both to construction workers and to the general public.  Precautions must be taken in order to minimize risks to everyone.  Construction companies must ensure that work is regularly and properly inspected.  Risks that may present themselves during a project must be carefully evaluated before the job begins. Construction sites often have multiple simultaneous operations ongoing, all of which must be carefully planned to ensure the safety of all workers.  Each construction project poses its own unique risks and hazards based on the work being done.

One mechanism to safely evaluate and prepare for risks is through the use of a Job Safety Analysis (“JSA”) or Risk Assessment, which is standard in the industry.  When this does not occur, it can result in catastrophic personal injury or death. In a JSA, each step of the job is examined to identify potential hazards and to recommend the safest way to perform the work in order to minimize those risks.  According to OSHA:

A job hazard analysis is a technique that focuses on job tasks as a way to identify hazards before they occur. It focuses on the relationship between the worker, the task, the tools, and the work environment. Ideally, after you identify uncontrolled hazards, you will take steps to eliminate or reduce them to an acceptable risk level.

OSHA recommends JSAs be performed for all of the following:

• Jobs with the highest injury or illness rates;
• Jobs with the potential to cause severe or disabling injuries or illness, even if there is no history of previous accidents;
• Jobs in which one simple human error could lead to a severe accident or injury;
• Jobs that are new to your operation or have undergone changes in processes and procedures; and
• Jobs complex enough to require written instructions

According to a recent study, 12 of the 25 most dangerous jobs as measured by the rate of people who die at work are in the construction industry.

Our experienced lawyers have handled personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits of all kinds and have the skills needed to represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or those who have been seriously injured during a construction project. The experienced construction personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of an accident on a construction site.  Our lawyers have represented numerous workers who have been injured or killed in a fall from scaffolding.

Our lawyers have represented numerous workers who have sustained serious and catastrophic injuries on a job site as a result of the negligence of another party.  There are strict and short time limits on making claims, so please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or to learn more about your legal rights.